|What is technology?? |
Technology is a body of knowledge devoted to creating tools, processing actions and extracting of materials. This is from an article that gives a great overview:
Please take a few minutes and read this article. It will give you an excellent introduction.
Basically, humans encounter problems and find solutions.
| ||Technology refers both to the products created by humans|| |
and the methods used to create those products.
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These may be tools, machines, appliances (and how they are made), but in its strictest sense, technology is the product of applied knowledge and creativity, or EVERYTHING THAT IS MADE BY HUMANS.
What about educational technology?
Educational technology is used to improve the way we learn.
So, educational technology is the product of applied knowledge and creativity used to improve the way we learn.
Larry Cuban said educational technology is "Any device available to teachers for use in instructing students in a more efficient and stimulating manner than the sole use of the teacher's voice."
That would include chalkboards/chalk, textbooks, flashcards, and the mundane list goes on.
Well, we all know that this course is not about using tables, chairs, pencils, and chalkboards in a music classroom, so let's narrow down the definition just a bit.
In other words, let's describe technology in working terms as it will be used in this course.
Words that accompany discussions of educational technology usually include "electronic" and "digital." Your text uses "technology" to refer to
"computers and related digital tools that can be used to help humans develop an understanding of concepts and skills necessary to create, perform, and respond to music."
Technology related to music usually includes electronic instruments, recording equipment, sequencers, and software and hardware that apply to this type of equipment.
It can also include applications to be run on computers, tablets, and phones; again, to enable making and enjoying music.